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Farming

Drought sweat on again

Dairy farmer David Stoupe and his wife Tracey Double whammy fears grow of a drought combined with a forecasted low milk payout.

Food provider debate needed

Andrew West, Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University A national discussion is needed to determine what part NZ should play as a global food producer.

Confident of dairy rebound

PGG Wrightson PGG Wrightson wants a bigger share of dairying, just as the industry faces a slumping payout forecast.

New breed likes it hot

Dairy Solutionz chief executive Derek Fairweather with one of his kiwipole bulls, Slick Grazer, which has 25 per cent senepol genetics for heat resistance. New dairy cattle breed designed to thrive in tropical conditions could create lucrative opportunities in the export market.

Job boost on cards

wool Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Opinion poll

Is it time for authorities to introduce tougher penalties for poaching?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: Booby traps for poachers cost farmers

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

Housing v farming

The urbanisation of agricultural land is essentially an irreversible process.

New cowsheds create wide divide

Some warning signs

New breed likes it hot

Dairy Solutionz chief executive Derek Fairweather with one of his kiwipole bulls, Slick Grazer, which has 25 per cent senepol genetics for heat resistance. New dairy cattle breed designed to thrive in tropical conditions could create lucrative opportunities in the export market.

Confident of dairy rebound

PGG Wrightson wants a bigger share of dairying, just as the industry faces a slumping payout forecast.

Dairy NZ backs Aoraki

Capital gain banked on

Arable farmers feel dairy farmers' pain

Dairy farmers are not the only ones reeling from the recent dairy price drop - dairy support and maize growers are worried too.

Meat exports hit high

Meat NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

Status quo is inefficient

Meat industry group pushes for the closure of some meatworks as keeping them open was cost farmers over $400m a year.

NZ beef shortage lifts prices

'Clear choice' looms

Approach pays dividends

A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Low water table worries

Nigel Anderson, right, docks  lambs on his farm in Pukeatua with help from Emma and James Anderson. A good spell of rain is needed in the Waikato to help refill water tables on drystock farms that dried up during the droughts.

Thriving on high-sugar grass

Southern farmers will achieve higher lamb growth rates if they switch to high-sugar ryegrass.

Levy vote loss slated

How to stop losses

Job boost on cards

Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

EU cuts red tape for organic wines

wine exports Officials and wine growers have cut through red tape to make it easier for NZ organic wines to be sold in Europe.

Niche maize at risk?

Any relaxation of rules allowing genetically modified crops into NZ could ruin small but valuable niche export markets for North Island maize growers.

Scrumpy crew call

Ex-judge linked to kiwifruit claim

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

Drought sweat on again

Dairy farmer David Stoupe and his wife Tracey Double whammy fears grow of a drought combined with a forecasted low milk payout.

Union supports closures

Meatworkers' union comes out in support of possible plant closures, even if that means some of its members lose jobs.

Meatworks fined $57,949

Booby traps cost farmers

Food provider debate needed

A national discussion is needed to determine what part NZ should play as a global food producer.

Build skills for emotional resilience

Doug Avery Suicide is only the visible tip of a great iceberg of depression casting a chill over the New Zealand's mental and economic wellbeing.

Killer disease not unique

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Beet the bolters

Cute and cuddly killers?

There is a way through

Capable, durable, versatile, it, could be said that farmers, are the ultimate DIYers, the, quintessential kiwi blokes.

Aquaculture courses a first

Two new aquaculture qualifications are being launched by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

Salmon feedback sought

Public feedback sought on new draft guidelines designed to provide environmental benchmarks for salmon farming within the Marlborough Sounds.

Live mussel export ban

Ebola a boost for NZ salmon

Live NZ fish heading overseas

Live fish caught in New Zealand's inshore fisheries could soon be winging or swimming their way to lucrative markets in Australia and Asia.

Loving the lifestyle

Letitia Hamill An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.

Still horsing round at 76

Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Friends united

While many Women's Institutes are struggling for members, one such group in Manawatu is bucking the trend.